Rights watchdog urges ‘immediate release’ of activists held by Taliban

Amnesty International expressed deep concern on Friday regarding the “arbitrary arrest” of Zholia Parsi, a women’s rights protester, by the Taliban in Kabul on September 27, 2023.

The human rights watchdog in a statement called on the Taliban to “immediately and unconditionally release Zholia and other activists in their custody.”

Additionally, Amnesty International urged the Taliban “to cease all arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, and enforced disappearances of activists, journalists, and individuals critical of their regime.”

“Given the Taliban’s egregious violations of human rights, which constitute crimes under international law, including gender persecution amounting to a crime against humanity, Amnesty International reiterates its call for the establishment of an independent international accountability mechanism to hold those responsible for gross human rights violations accountable,” stated the organization.

Zholia Parsi and Neda Parwani, both women’s rights activists, have been arrested by the Taliban in two separate incidents over the past ten days.